Permanently Closed - Bon Temps

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This restaurant is permanently closed. An Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Bon Temps from Chef Lincoln Carson reimagines a modern French brasserie with industrial roots. From morning until late-night, the menu is refined with an attention to detail that nods to Chef Lincoln Carson’s lineage working in internationally-acclaimed restaurants. Bon Temps is for the neighborhood and a place for the downtown community to break bread in a space that pays homage to the old and new.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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TuckFerg
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amidst the coronavirus scare, we found ourselves at a fairly empty restaurant, but so grateful for the ones who were there to serve. The food was INCREDIBLE!! The pastries were divine. The brunch left my mouth watering. Also, the seats were ridiculously comfortable. And the aesthetic of the place was also so refreshing. We will be recommending friends visit this place ASAP. So grateful for everyone who worked that day and kept the place so clean and spotless. True rockstars!

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vipClassic
Los Angeles
155 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I was expecting a more interesting menu. Perhaps it has been scaled back relevant to slower business trends because of corona virus issues. What we had was very good and our server was great. Table maintenance needs improvement.

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vipIlene
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish they sold pastries ala carte during their brunch service.

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MrBill
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Quality of service lower than quality of food. For example our server was about to tell us about the menu and started a conversation with other staff members a foot from our table. I ordered the delicious endive and persimmon salad but it was big enough for four people to share and he didn't tell us that.
WIne steward was helpful in a nice casual way and we found some good values. Loved the design and open kitchen.

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vipEdiC
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service outstanding

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vipCathyD
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative and nicely presented dishes ! All were very good and desserts were amazing!!

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vipWhitneyG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have wanted to try this restaurant on one of my trips to LA. Always enjoy dining in the Arts District and this did not disappoint. Lunch was a relaxed a quieter time. Food was very good. The Brussels sprouts were to die for... like candy. Food presentation was lovely. Limited lunch menu but each of us found something different that we each enjoyed.

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AmandaL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was good, but for the price, I would expect a bowl or plate full of food. 6 scallops for 30 bucks? I can buy a dozen fresh scallops for half that price. The food definitely looks pretty and the dungenous crab was yummy, but I was overwhelmed w the price. I won’t be back .

Bon Temps
Responded on March 5, 2020

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't find value in your dinner at Bon Temps. Please know that all of our products are literally the best that we can source and usually from growers that are sustainable and organic, and frequently from people that we know - including the fresh Maine scallops (that do not contain sodium tripolyphosphate as found in most frozen scallops) that are brought in at least twice a week and the fresh dungeness crab from Northern CA. Sincerely Lincoln Carson, Chef/Owner

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vipSooB
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the best restaurant in Los Angeles, which now is saying a lot, the best in California, the best in NYC, better than the handful of renowned Parisian $$$ restaurants we have been to, and of course better than the big name places in Las Vegas. Apart from those in LA and most of California, we have not been to a large quantity of those restaurants, but what we do is a lot of research to select the top 5 or so to try. I know that "best of all" sounds like a ridiculous claim to make, so go there and see for yourself. If you like the best of the best and are prepared that it is expensive, I bet you will agree with me.

Every dish we had was perfectly executed plus startlingly delicious: the caviar tartlets, scallops, hangar steak, St. Honore, and Pavlova. I can't grade the Shishito peppers as I have never had them before but they were good. Pavlova has been my favorite dessert forever and this was the best one I have ever had. They have an excellent Tempranillo from Navarro for the going price for wine. The service was just right and with no attitude, but that is the case now in probably all the top LA restaurants.

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vipWillscottmcd
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bon Temps is a solid choice for a business lunch or dinner. The space is nice - modern industrial with lots of open space, exposed beams and natural light. The food is high quality and thoughtfully paired & presented though definitely on the pricey end of the spectrum. In short, a strong addition to the southern arts district repertoire of dining options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience, yummy food.
Probably would not think of this place as a

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Eaglearts
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was uncoordinated and inconsistent. Excellent food, but they need to pull that together. Had to ask several times for things. Service needs to be on the same level as the food.

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JacobS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this meal would have qualified as a Last meal request. The chicken is he best chicken I've ever had in my life. Everything they do is done to perfection. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

JM
vipJanetM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I felt we were ripped off by ordering the "whole" jidori chicken main dish. Instead of the "whole" chicken we were only served the breast meat and slices of chicken sausages. We were shown a whole chicken before it was sliced, but there was NO drumsticks or thighs when served. This dish cost over $80. We should have been warned by the server that it really wasn't the whole chicken.

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vipBATNL
London
43 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from start to finish, especially if you order the Jidori chicken and the Gateau St.Honore for dessert.

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PatriciaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were there to celebrate birthdays which was noted by the hostess when we arrived. Our tradition is burgers and martinis for lunch. It was not listed on the website that the full bar is only open for dinner. We should have left but opted to stay. Nothing was forthcoming in terms of a birthday treats. The burgers were fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiters were slow, food serving was late because staff was busy with a group party

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RTRTRT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Food was tasty but what we'll remember was the pricing was expensive relative to what was offered (3 scallops as the main as a part of the $85 price fix menu on Valentines day, a $23 'glass' of wine when the wine pairing was $30 for the whole meal without notification, best thing we ate was the $25 crab cake add on to the price fixe menu) such that we felt sorta ripped off. But, like I said, food was tasty. And good cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews